Day 1. Longreach to Winton – 174km

One day down!! Plenty of dry empty paddocks for the peloton to see today. Had numerous conversations with fellow riders about the state of western Queensland at the moment and how bad things are and the effect it is having on its residents. Hard to believe there are no stock apart from a few sheep. […]

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RideWest 2015 – Route 2 – Longreach to Tennant Creek

In June 2015, a new RideWest ride is taking place. Complimenting the bi-annual Brisbane to Longreach ride which raises funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the 2015 ride from Longreach to Tennant Creek will cover 1335km across Western Queensland and the Northern Territory. With a goal to reach more of the remote towns of […]

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The day after – Longreach to home:

There were tired bodies and sore heads all around this morning as the RideWest team and crew re-grouped one last time over a magnificent breakfast hosted by NAB’s Longreach team. Spirits were still riding high as the group reflected on experiences from the past week and shared some laughs and banter. Last night’s final celebration […]

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Day 7 – Blackall to Longreach:

A heroic day.  The stuff of legends.  What a team! Watching this very special bunch arrive into Longreach around 5pm after 7 tough days and 1237 very long km’s was just sensational.  They arrived to huge applause from the locals, shared hugs all round and couldn’t get into those cold, icy beers fast enough. When […]

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Day 6 – Augathella to Blackall:

          Another great night was shared by the group at the Augathella Bowls Club where the opportunity for a 10-pin lawn bowling competition run by jovial local, Trevor, created a lot of fun and brought out the competitive spirit.  The guys were all gunning to beat lead man Simon Southwell who knocked […]

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Day 5 – Mitchell to Augathella:

       An early start today with 180km ride from Mitchell to Augathella. However, before getting into the day’s round-up, it would be remiss to not talk about the fantastic experience at the Old Courthouse Hotel in Mitchell last night. Absolutely personifying outback Australia, this pub has all the character (and characters!) that you only get […]

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Day 4 – Roma to Mitchell

  After a very well deserved sleep-in, the Peloton departed Roma this morning for Mitchell at 8.30am in brilliant sunshine.  Officially the “hump day” with only a ”short” 88km ride, the bunch welcomed the perfect conditions and the oh so slight breeze.    The shorter, more gentle ride and awesome conditions allowed some of the […]

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Day 3 – Chinchilla to Roma:

      Following the first two hard days in the hills and then the headwinds, the third day of riding 200km from Chinchilla to Roma was always stacking up to be tough.  The Peloton departed from Chinchilla at 7.30am in brisk, sunny 8 degree temperatures.  There wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  Passing through cold seam […]

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Day 2: Oakey to Chinchilla

The Peloton departed Oakey this morning at 7am for the 166km ride to Chinchilla, with punishing 30km headwinds confronting them all day.  The bunch did an amazing job of breaking through the mental challenges and physical pain barriers.  The first 70km on the open roads were bordered by cotton fields and proved to be tough. […]

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Day 1 Brisbane to Oakey -136km

With much anticipation of what was in store for the next 7 days and the 1237km ahead, the RideWest Peloton took off from the Amberley Air Base around 7.30am AEST.  There was a warm breeze flowing and thunderous rain threatening to wreak havoc, however the riders looked strong behind Captain Brendan Wright and well tuned […]

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